Leadership lessons from the Bible
How to set and accomplish your goals • January 2, 2019 • Benham Brothers
A dream written down is a goal. A goal broken down is a plan. A plan acted upon leads to profit (Proverbs 16:9). You cannot accomplish your goals apart from discipline and diligence. You cannot maintain discipline without knowing WHY you have the goal in the first place. Seven Keys to creating goals: 1) Establish Long Term and Short Term Goals - a long term goal is what you want to accomplish or become in 5 years, 10 years, lifetime. Short term goals are the ones that are measurable and include more of your day-to-day activities. 2) KISS - keep it simple stupid! When you start thinking of all the things you want to accomplish you'll end up writing a book. Refine this down to one or two points for each category. 3) Categorize - you can split them up however you want. Financial, Personal, Business, Spiritual, etc (you can have one or two sub-categories under these as well). It doesn't matter what categories you use - just do something that helps you keep track. 4) Write them down - that's what your Memo App is for! Put it on your PDA and carry them with you everywhere. 5) Measure them - every quarter take inventory and then write a date beside the ones you've accomplished. You have to put goals that can be measured - don't just put "Become a better husband." Instead, put "One date night a week" or something like that. 6) Refine - take inventory to see if you need to change a goal. There's nothing wrong with that. We plan our way but God determines our course, so sometimes you'll end up on a different course which makes your previous goal moot. 7) Pray over them daily - at the bottom of my goals list I put Proverbs 16:3 - "Commit your way to the Lord and your plans will succeed." The beauty of this is that when you're walking with the Lord He will give you the plans He wants you to follow - so just make a plan and stick to it. He'll change them when/if He sees fit. Either way, your/His plans will succeed.
A Selfish Leader
How a leader's decisions affects everyone • January 18, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* These leaders show us what the phrase “blinded by selfishness” is all about. * They show us how stupid people can be when they’re led by selfish desires. * They were leaders, which meant they were considered wise by the people. * The minute they thought about what they wanted to “get” instead of “give” guess who it affected? * The whole city!!!!! All the men died. * Pay attention to the first thought that crosses your mind when you have to make a decision. * This will show you if you’re a selfish leader. * When you’re a selfish leader: * Opportunities become threats. * Teammates become competitors. * Employees become servants. * Money becomes security. * Your job becomes your identity. * Family becomes a nuisance. * Stuff becomes status. * You ultimately become your own god.
Leadership by Emotion
A picture of a bad leader • April 6, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* The people grumbled against the leaders when they saw the result of the leader’s decision. * They didn’t grumble against them before. * Imagine if Joshua would have turned these poor-looking Gibeonites away. * The people certainly would have grumbled against the leaders for being heartless. * Bad leaders avoid the grumbles at the beginning but always get them in the end. * A good leader welcomes grumbles at the beginning but rarely get them at the end. * Good leaders never base their decision off what people think - they base their decision off what is right.
A lesson from Joshua • April 2, 2015 • Benham Brothers
Moses sent out spies, but so did Joshua. Here's the difference: Moses sent out spies out of a lack of faith - they did it out of curiosity to see what the land looked like. They were putting their toes in the water to see if they wanted to jump in. They weren't in a battle-ready mindset. Joshua sent out spies based upon faith - He was getting ready to attack Jericho and he was mapping out his attack. They were going to jump into the water, even though they didn't know how yet (Joshua 1:2). He wasn't going to wait for steps B-Z before he moved - he already had step A, and that was to simply GO! Joshua was battle-ready. This is how you can have two Christians "doing" the same thing, but one of them being motivated by fear and the other motivated by faith. You won't be able to tell the difference between the two until conflict arises. Only then will you be able to distinguish the warrior from the wimp. This is why he only sent 2 spies - he learned that the more that went the more likely they were to fear the people of Jericho. Joshua was going to take the place God had granted him - they were just spying out their route. Joshua 5:15 - God shows up to Joshua and says the same thing He said to Moses - "Take your shoes off." Essentially He was saying, "You wanna lead my people? Treat Me as Holy. Be reverent toward Me." Good leadership is good followship - Who are you following and how are you following Him? The test of Joshua's leadership came when God gave Him a "crazy" plan, just like He did Noah. He told him to march around Jericho with the priests in worship to the Lord. Out of reverence Joshua obeyed His leader and he became a great leader - the people followed.
What Makes a Leader
Two qualities that establish leaders • March 30, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* The NLT has a great translation of this verse. * "That day the Lord made Joshua a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites, and for the rest of his life they revered him as much as they had revered Moses." * Joshua had proven a faithful servant, then a faithful commander, now a faithful leader of the nation. * This paved the way for God to do something miraculous for him. * Two things every person will require if they want to be a leader: * 1) Faithfulness - be faithful right where God has placed you, in all the little things. * 2) Favor - God’s favor. * Joshua couldn’t have parted the Jordan - only God could have done that.
Taking Dominion to Lead Well
God's plan from the beginning for leadership and work • January 8, 2013 • Benham Brothers
Gen 1:2-16 * Order first, then Dominion * Made man and then gave charge for dominion (1:26) Gen 2:15 * Complete the Work Gen 3:1-6 * If you leave your place of responsibility you lose your place of authority Gen 4 - Cain's Sacrifice * He gave a bad sacrifice * The sin that crouched at his door came because of his poor sacrifice * Bad sacrifice = rejection - God couldn't accept it and thus Cain got mad * When anger birthed in his heart murder crouched at his door * It all hinges on what type of sacrifice you give
A Good Leader is a Good Follower
Abraham was a good dad because he was a good son • January 8, 2015 • Benham Brothers
Three times we hear Abraham saying, "Here I am." Abraham was "all there," fully surrendered to being there for God to speak to him. Abraham was a good dad because he was a good son. Abraham was a good leader because he was a good follower. He was a good dad because he was "all there" for his son - fully focused on him. This is so difficult for men today. When we are "all there" for God we will be "all there" for our kids. This is the secret to being a good leader
Leading From the Heart
A lesson on leadership from Moses' sister • January 28, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• Up to this point we never see Miriam leading anything. • Then she was leading all the women, praising God for His mighty act of deliverance. • Think about Miriam's life - she was the sister of Moses who knew something was special about her brother. • For 80 years she had been watching what God was doing and seeing her brother as the central figure in their deliverance. • She was 87 when she led these women - because of what she had experienced she was now leading from the INSIDE-OUT! • The essence of true leadership comes from within - it's simply the outpouring of who you are. • Miriam never lost sight of God all those years, and when her faith intersected with God's faithfulness she burst into leadership! • When you lead from the heart like Miriam there's no such thing as burnout because you've experienced it for yourself.
Fit for Leadership
Three qualities of a leader • February 5, 2015 • Benham Brothers
Joshua led the army into battle and he fought valiently. His reward? He became the personal apprentice of Moses. Later he became the leader of the Israelites. What fit Joshua to lead the Israelites? 1) He was faithful in his place of responsibility. He followed Moses up the mountain, be faithful in his place of responsibility as an assistant. In Exodus 33:11 he stood outside the tent, faithful in his post, while Moses was inside conversing with God. He was in a posture of "waiting." Authority then followed Joshua wherever he went because he was in his place of responsibility. 2) He had first-hand experience in the presence of God! As Moses' assistant, he was able to go up the mountain with Moses when God told everyone else to stay back. He got a chance to experience God's presence in a way nobody else did. 3) He was willing to go to war! He was a warrior. He didn't shy away from the battle. We then see Joshua being only one of two people who gave a good report about taking the promised land. When everyone else saw Giants too big to fight he saw Giants too big to miss. Because of being in God's presence, he stood when others didn't and he fought when others couldn't (because the other spies died). Notice who wasn't in the camp in Ex 32 when they made the golden calf - Joshua! When he heard them celebrating he thought it was a war that had broke out - he was a warrior who was ready to fight. How you see things reveals the nature that's inside you. What do you see? If we are to engage in the battle we must: 1) Be faithful in our place of responsibility. 2) Remain in the presence of God. 3) Have a warrior spirit - just like a dad when his kid is threatened. All of this equipped Joshua to lead.
Lessons from the leadership of Joshua • March 9, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* Notice the type of leader Moses asked God for so they would inherit the Promised Land. * He was asking for a man with a shepherd’s heart. * What does a shepherd do? * He guides sheep where they should go and protects them when they are under threat. * A shepherd is like a good dad. * To take the Promised Land it would involve war, so Moses wanted a warrior for a leader. * Today, it’s the same way - every person has their own promised land. * 1 Corinthians 4:15 - Paul is saying we don’t have “Joshua” leaders much anymore. * You don’t want a teacher leading you into battle. * Joshua is an OT picture of Christ.
When Leaders Need to Step Down
How to know when to let go • February 28, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* John Maxwell - “The best leaders hand the baton off at top speed.” * Look at how the priesthood was run. * On the front end they had to be mature enough to handle the mantle of leadership - 25 years old. * On the bak end they had to be mature enough to hand it off - 50 years old. * In this way the older would train the younger. * The priest had 25 years to serve before his responsibility moved toward mentorship.
Learning to focus on others is the key to leadership success • May 25, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* The smartest people in the kingdom gave great advice - to be the best leader you have to be willing to serve those you lead. * A leader who puts others’ interest above his own garners loyalty from those he leads. * They will want to follow him not because he was their leader, but because they loved him. * They would trust him because they knew he had their best interest at heart. * You want to be a better leader? * Look at those who follow you, discover their needs and pain points, and help them - put them ahead of you. * But do it with a true heart of compassion - everyone can sniff a fake. * When you serve them, watch what happens. * Note - look at how the older advisors answered the king as opposed to the younger ones. * They gave him a principle through which he could make his own decision. * The younger ones simply told him what to do. * In his own pride, Rehoboam followed the poor advice of the younger group.
Leading by Principle
The sure way to lead without being swayed • June 30, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• This is how the kingdom of Israel split in two - it was just beginning and was a result of Solomon’s sin. • Rehoboam was a young king (Solomon’s son) and he was presented with a request to lighten the load of work for the people. • vs 1-7: He sought advice from older men - they didn’t tell him what to say, but gave him two principles for leadership: • 1) Serve others and they’ll serve you. • 2) If you seek their welfare they will seek your welfare. • vs 8-11: He then sought advice from his buddies - they told him what to say and gave never gave him principles. • They said he needed to prove himself. • But they had a vested interest in the king - they stood to profit from his decision. • vs 16: Result - when the leader focused on himself the followers did the same. • Observations: • 1) When faced with a decision always go to those wiser than you and who don’t have a vested interest. • 2) If someone advises you what to say, watch out - you need to look for principles. • 3) As a young leader, watch out for the tendency to want to prove yourself - lead through service.
A leader refuses to be led by his own appetite • June 14, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* David’s men wanted to please him. * He foolishly voiced a desire that he should have kept quiet. * Leaders need to keep quiet about certain things - this shows prudence. * But when his men risked their lives to get him what he wanted David wisely refused to drink it. Why? * Because he didn’t want to give his men an example so others would risk their lives to simply please him. * This is what a good leader does - he refuses to indulge his own desire in order to protect those who follow him. * Good leaders recognize their people will: * 1) Do things “for” them - because they want to please them. * 2) Do things “like” them - because people naturally follow a strong leader. * David foolishly voiced his appetite, but then he wisely controlled it at the end.
Understanding the difference between urgent and vital • April 19, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* Samson had just killed 1,000 men with the jawbone of a donkey. * So he sang a song in his own honor. * He killed 1k men but couldn’t kill his own thirst. * God was humbling him. * This is a great picture of the distinction between what is vital and what is urgent. * Samson did what was urgent but neglected what was vital, and it almost cost him his life. * Urgent things are about tasks - getting stuff done. * Vital things are about life - sustaining and enhancing life. * We need to prioritize what’s vital over what’s urgent. * EX: It’s urgent I teach this lesson - it’s a task that needs to be done by a certain time. * But it’s vital that I use the bathroom regularly. * If I forsake what’s vital I cannot complete what’s urgent. * KEY - what’s vital is rarely urgent, but when it is it’s often too late. * If Samson didn’t drink he would die (vital), and if he died he could no longer fight (urgent). * side note - Relationships are never urgent - they are vital.